) Inc. has added a real-time location solution to the Wireless Next Generation (Wi-NG) architecture for its RF Wireless Switches. The Real-time Location System (RTLS) strengthens Motorola's all-wireless enterprise portfolio by delivering location awareness and standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs) for third-party business applications across Motorola's indoor and outdoor wireless LAN (WLAN) infrastructure.
The Motorola Wi-NG architecture, powered by the embedded RTLS engine, enables accurate location determination and presence detection capabilities for Wi-Fi-based devices, Wi-Fi-based active RFID tags and passive RFID tags. By using Motorola's full RF Switch portfolio, the solution can be deployed by small, medium and large organizations in both indoor and outdoor environments.
Motorola's location solution is both RF- and tag (News
)-agnostic, and includes built-in location determination algorithms that can integrate data from third-party location engines. An industry-standard application level events (ALE) interface allows developers to create location-based business applications using location data.
It is capable of processing many location technologies simultaneously and delivering the data with a single XML-based interface.
"By featuring ALE, a standards-based application programming interface (API), the Motorola Wi-NG architecture can easily integrate location data from Motorola's WLAN infrastructure into business applications like Movida," said Euro Beinat, chief executive officer, Geodan. "The use of business rules across multiple disparate location technologies ensures that location-based applications are not affected by changes in RF or tag technologies."
Motorola Wi-NG architecture with RTLS eliminates the need to rework applications or upgrade infrastructure when new RF or tag technologies are introduced, thus allowing businesses to preserve their current investment in devices and software.
By providing a single, integrated application interface for all location services, Motorola's wireless switches can compound multiple technologies and locationing for tags identified by multiple/hybrid technologies. Wi-NG also integrates with multiple leading vendors of real-time location technologies, including AeroScout, Ekahau and Newbury Networks (News
"Motorola's Wi-NG architecture with RTLS allows business applications to harness the full value of a location-aware infrastructure," said Sujai Hajela, vice president and general manager of Enterprise WLAN, Motorola Enterprise Mobility business. "Without having to worry about RF or tag technology, wireless enterprise deployments in healthcare, manufacturing, retail and many other industries can easily leverage new business applications like asset tracking, automated workflow management, complex event processing, inventory management or location-based security on Motorola's WLAN infrastructure."
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